Shenyang: Five-star Hotel In Spring Festival Fire

A blaze started by fireworks to celebrate the Spring Festival has destroyed the five-star Dynasty Wanxin Hotel Shenyang on the eve of China's Spring Festival.

Reports from local media say the fire broke out at 00:13 on February 3, 2011 at Tower B, an apartment building of the Dynasty Wanxin building complex, and the flames quickly spread to the adjacent Tower A, which includes a five-star hotel.

A landmark of Shenyang, the three-tower Dynasty Wanxin building complex is located on bustling Qingnian Street in Heping District.

There were only a few people in the hotel and apartment building at the time of the fire and no casualties had been reported.

Spring Festival fires are common in China. In 2009 a fire which was attributed to fireworks destroyed an uncompleted hotel next to the iconic Beijing headquarters of state broadcaster CCTV.